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News from the Virginia Conference – Oct. 6, 2009

7 Virginians to be commissioned mission personnel Oct. 13;
Service to be broadcast live on Internet

Seven individuals from the Virginia Conference, including two young adults, will be among 40 mission personnel commissioned by The United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Oct. 13, during the annual General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) directors’ meeting in Stamford, Conn. A total of 31 missionaries and nine deaconesses and home missioners will be commissioned in the celebration that will be the first such service broadcast live on the Internet. More ...

Conference Center to change telephone, Internet providers;
service interruption expected Oct. 9

In order to save money and improve services, the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center is changing suppliers for telephone and Internet service. The conversion will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. When the conversion begins, the Conference Center will lose telephone and Internet services. Telephone service will be restored sometime Friday afternoon. Internet services will be restored between 24 and 48 hours later. Please note that during the conversion period you will not be able to access the conference Web site, register online for events or enter the COLTS system. Office staff will not be able to access e-mail accounts or make or accept phone calls. The conversion is expected to be completed with all telephones and Internet services fully functional by Monday, Oct. 12. Current telephone numbers, Web site addresses, and e-mail addresses will not change.

Order of Elder Retreat set for Oct. 25-27 at VUMAC
The Order of Elder Retreat will be Sunday evening, Oct. 25, through noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. The Order of Elder chairs have designed this retreat to offer elders a special opportunity to remember, strengthen, and respond to their vow of commitment to our Wesleyan heritage. Keynote presenter will be Bishop Will Willimon, Episcopal leader of the Birmingham Area and author of numerous books and articles. Click here for more information or online registration.

Women in Ministry to gather Oct. 14 at Conference Center
All women in ministry (licensed, ordained, consecrated, candidates for ministry, and other women) are invited to attend a gathering of the Collective 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center, 10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. Bring a bag lunch or plan to go across the street to Ukrop's to buy food for lunch. Participants will share scripture, song and Holy Communion. Come, be a part, find the support and friendship sisters provide. To register, contact Pastor ReNe'e R.Teague at or 540-659-2461.

Middle School Mission Weekend is Oct. 16-18
The October Middle School Mission Weekend is Oct. 16-18 at Westview on the James in Goochland. This is an opportunity to introduce your middle school students (6th-8th graders) to mission and help them understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ. Click here for more information.

‘Reverse Trick or Treating’ helps fight injustice in cocoa industry
On Halloween night, schoolchildren, high school/college students and adults across the U.S. and Canada will unite to help end poverty among cocoa farmers, end abusive child labor in the cocoa industry, promote Fair Trade and protect the environment by giving Fair Trade chocolate to adults while Trick-or-Treating door-to-door in their communities on Halloween. The chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental justice issues in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution. Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits are free thanks to the generous donations of Fair Trade chocolate companies Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, Sweet Earth, and La Siembra & others in Canada. Participants pay the cost of postage only. You can participate as an individual or organize your classroom, school, congregation or youth group. Visit for more information. Reverse Trick-or-Treating is an initiative launched by the human rights organization Global Exchange in cooperation with Fair Trade company Equal Exchange and is a collaborative effort of countless children, youths and adults supported by institutions including nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, Fair Trade companies and schools.

Distribute Fair Trade Halloween candy this year
If you are looking for Fair Trade Halloween candy to distribute to kids at your door, visit

United Nations Seminar for Youth rescheduled to July 27-31, 2010
The annual United Nations Seminar for youth has been rescheduled from this October to next summer to eliminate the need for participating students to take time away from schoo. The week of July 27-31, 2010, 11th and 12th grade youths and college students will travel to New York City to learn about the many social justice issues that face our world today and how The United Methodist Church is lobbying with the United Nations for change. The study topic will be “Exploring Just Relationships with Humanity through Caring for God’s Creation.” Participants will have the chance to learn about the day-to-day realities that face people in other parts of the world. Participants will be challenged to put their faith into action by thinking globally and acting locally in their own communities to make a difference in the world! Click here for more information.

Creation Care Convocation to be held in 2010
A Virginia Conference Creation Care Convocation will be held Feb. 27 to train local congregations on how to incorporate caring for God’s creation into each of the focus areas of “All Things New,” according to the Rev. Pat Watkins, executive director of Caretakers of God’s Creation. Watkins is also creating a Web site for churches that will feature creation-responsible paper products and janitorial supplies, including office, kitchen and restroom products. For more information, contact Watkins at (804) 612-1841 or e-mail him at

Central Conference Pension Initiative is 90% to goal
The Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) is 90% of the way to its fundraising goal, but still $2 million short of the minimum amount needed to establish pension funds in every central conference. The initiative was created to provide long-term financial support for clergy and their spouses who serve the church outside the U.S., only to be left with little or no financial support for food and basic necessities once they retire. More …

Volunteers needed to help Georgia flood recovery efforts
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) has put out the official "all call" for VIM teams to start scheduling themselves to go to the metro Atlanta area to help with flood recovery. Volunteers are needed to staff the Call Center, and teams are needed from all over the jurisdiction for long-term recovery. For more information or to make arrangements, contact the Call Center at 678-533-1443 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or e-mail North Georgia UMVIM Coordinator, Dr. Julia Crim, at

UMCOR provides relief to typhoon victims in Philippines
The Philippines office of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with its local partners, including Action by Churches Together and the National Council of Churches, to provide relief to the estimated half-million people affected by Typhoon Ketsana, also called Ondoy, in the Philippines. As of Sept. 29, 280 people were confirmed dead, and the toll was expected to rise. Immediate relief activities include the distribution of emergency provisions, such as bottled water, blankets, canned fish and rice. Donations for UMCOR’s relief work can be made through Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.

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